Resolutions to Try

A friend sent me her list of resolutions for 2019 and gave me permission to share.

To keep love in my heart and find joy in the small things I encounter each day.

To remember that loneliness, depression, self-blame and guilt will pass – they are only thoughts, not who I am.

To push myself a little, gently, when inertia engulfs me.

To use my talents.

To laugh more.

To listen to music more often.

To remind myself that one person’s actions can make a difference.

To be ready to listen rather than speak.

To accept the things I cannot change.

To relish my family and friends and stay in touch.

To remember and honor the members of my family who are no longer with me.

To try to keep perceived problems and worries in perspective.

To breathe…and practice staying in the moment.

To eat smaller portions of real food, mostly plants. And to eat less sugar.

To not let fear limit me from doing things I really want to do, like traveling…

To keep walking and perhaps add strength training (inspired by RBG).

To keep a carrot in sight – games, travel books, time with friends.

To find ways to help others.

To remember that I am as young as I’ll ever be – and let that be enough.

Revisiting Old Resolutions

IMG_2094 As 2018 dawned someone asked me how I had done on the resolutions I posted two years ago. Here they are, followed by my thoughts on where I stand with them today.

  • keep in my heart the joy and love I felt during Christmas 2015.
  • to push myself when inertia engulfs me.
  • to use my talents.
  • to squeeze more laughter out.
  • to connect to the positive energy around me.
  • to remind myself that one person’s actions can make a difference.
  • to be ready to listen rather than speak.
  • to spend minimum time wondering why I can’t remember someone’s name.
  • to lie in the grass on a spring day.
  • to accept the things I cannot change.
  • to relish my children.
  • to sweat only the big stuff.
  • to practice those exercises so I can remember people’s names.
  • to build on honoring myself as I honor others.
  • to ignore urges to overeat, overdrink, under exercise.
  • to keep a carrot-games, travel, books-in clear sight at all times.
  • After the name remembering exercises move on to “where did I put my…”

I probably feel best about moving towards positive energy and paying less attention to negative thoughts and people. I am happier with myself and more accepting of my lifestyle although I still have those times of doubting that drive me crazy.

The ones I have no difficulty with have to do with enjoyment. I have no problem enjoying anything that comes my way, as ridiculous or simple as it may be. And if it is something I can tell on myself, all the better.

I did scare myself when I almost didn’t publish my last post…”NOT Another Phone Story!!!” Because I see the incident described, not as just misplacing glasses, but not recognizing my glasses. That’s why I thought others would hmmmmm and tilt their heads after reading it. Even with my friend’s scoffing at this, I hesitated to record it.

I  still think it is deeper than losing glasses on top of my head BUT no matter. I’ll just add a new one:

  • to push through the fear.